Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Music...

Here's something to get you moving this Monday morning.

 
Shinedown, Sound of Madness: 

Yeah, I get it, you're an outcast
Always under attack, always coming in last
Bringing up the past, no one owes you anything
I think you need a shotgun blast, a kick in the ass
So paranoid, watch your back

Oh my, here we go

Another lose cannon gone bi-polar
Slipped down, couldn't get much lower
Quicksand's got no sense of humor
I'm still laughing like hell

You think that by crying to me
Looking so sorry that I'm gonna believe
You've been infected by a social disease
Well, then take your medicine

I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain
Somehow I'm still here to explain
That the darkest hour never comes in the night
You can sleep with a gun
When you gonna wake up and fight for yourself?

I'm so sick of this tombstone mentality
If there's an afterlife then it'll set you free
But I'm not gonna part the seas
You're a self-fulfilling prophecy

You think that by crying to me
Looking so sorry that I'm gonna believe
You've been infected by a social disease
Well, then take your medicine

I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain
Somehow I'm still here to explain
That the darkest hour never comes in the night
You can sleep with a gun
When you gonna wake up and fight for yourself?

I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain
Somehow I'm still here to explain
That the darkest hour never comes in the night
You can sleep with a gun
When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up and fight?

I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain
Somehow I'm still here to explain
That the darkest hour never comes in the night
You can sleep with a gun
When you gonna wake up and fight for yourself?

When you gonna wake up and fight for yourself?
When you gonna wake up and fight for yourself?
When you gonna wake up and fight for yourself?

Friday, October 17, 2014

On being a parent for the last 11 years...

DaddyBear summarizes what I have experienced during my maturity into the role better than I could in his Movie Quote today.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Patience...

Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde.
“Beware of the fury of a patient man.” 

John Dryden


Those that know me (well) know I am a very patient man (although my wife would argue otherwise)...   I use to joke with J3 that I believe that having patience and knowing when the timing was right, regardless of the subject at hand, were the secrets to life. That is why I named the boat Patience & Timing.  Very rarely will I jump to conclusion, rush to judgement or throw myself into the middle of a situation. I prefer to let things play out a little and give myself time so that I can get a bigger picture and make sure all options and variables are accounted for before weighing in, making a decision or taking action. However, once engaged, there is very little that can quell my attention that is directed at the subject in question.   

As a father, my patience is often tested (shocker, right?). Anyone who has raised children will tell you that they will often act out as matter of getting your attention.  Which is fine until it is no longer fine, as it were. With four kids, this is happening constantly within our clan. It is impossible for everyone to get the attention they want, when they want it. I try to give them a little space to see if they can work it out on their own (although my kids would argue otherwise). If I suspect that I may need to  get involved,  I ask them,  "Do you really want my attention? Because you are about to get it... " which they have come to understand as my final warning before I interject myself into their personal space. Occasionally they will press on (especially The Pink One) and daddy is forced to live up to his end of the bargain, which usually ends with one (or more parties) staring into a corner. 

H/T to Angel for this random thought and insight to Coop.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yup...





I know from personal experience that it takes a lot of effort to reverse the process that misinforms people, especially school children as to what the role of government was intended be by our founding fathers.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Overheard at the Homestead

I was driving home with the wife and a song came across the the iPod:
Duke's on Sunday, by the one and only Jimmy Buffett

We immediate started talking about our Honeymoon in Hawaii and how we happened to have dinner one night at Duke's. Our conversation progressed through the trip that had taken place 14 years ago later this month in fact. Typical for my wife, the conversation eventually gravitated to cars:


Wife: I had a great time, I remember we rented a Mustang.
Yours truly: Oh yeah, I remember it was a Convertible.
W: yeah and on the next Island we ended up with a Monte Carlo, which was a nice car.
YT: Until we cracked the Bumper...
W: what do you mean we? that was all you!
YT: hello? It was our Honeymoon, which means not only did you have claim to 50% of my assets, but you were also on the hook for 50% of my liabilities.
W:....
YT: Amazing how quickly you forgot that part once the ring went on.


wow... 14 years, it feels like we are just getting started!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Overheard at the Homestead...

1st Grade Homework edition:

Wife: Button
The Pink One: Noun
W: Goat
TPO: um...
W: Is a goat a thing or something that you do?
Yours truly: I guess that depends if you are a member of ISIS or not...
TPO: ?
W: How come I knew you were going to say something like that? This is why you're not allowed to help with homework. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Big T is one happy kid...

especially when he has his fruit snacks!

video

Let the record show...

 not once once did I say: " I told you so"

I could have, it was right there... like that hanging curve just waiting to be driven over the fence, but instead I took the pitch and walked away without so much as a smirk or smug look.
Why? 
1. I love and respect my wife
2.  the discussions we had were so long and animated that saying it would have diminished the points I spent so long trying to articulate. 

3. I didn't want to be right... 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

First day of school...



I always hated the first day of school... not much has changed now that I am a father. It just means that they are another year older and closer to being a grown up.

Every once in a while it would be nice to go back to when they were all this young and innocent again:




Yesterday Big T played in the empty laundry basket for over an hour... just waiting for his siblings to come home from the first day of school so he'd have someone to play Ninja Turtles with.